Fashion will not wait. Four words Calgary native and Toronto-based Caitlin Power self-motivates with. The petite powerhouse has created quite the stir within the local fashion community as well as nationally over the past few years. And with a self-motivator like that, Caitlin has not waited around since graduating from Lethbridge College with a Diploma in Fashion Design and Merchandising. She has already produced three collections and a fourth much-anticipated F/W collection is to be released later this month.
Caitlin’s self-titled high-end women’s ready-to-wear brand appeals to the sophisticated, independent, and powerful woman looking for a polished look with some rock ‘n’ roll edge apparent in the classic silhouettes with a twist inspired by distinct architecture, superior tailoring that combines feminine and masculine lines, and leather elements that mark all the collections.
F/W 2011 is inspired by Victorian Goth and foregoes the obvious colour blocking, cut, and detailing of previous seasons for a darker palette with quiet hints of green to target and showcase subtle details on an ensemble of dresses, shorts, skirts, bustiers, and dress shirts. Although the collection is described by the designer as the most wearable collection to date, it is by no means a boring one. The signature leather details are more lucid while the silhouettes of dresses and blazers are more precise. The piece that epitomizes the collection is the black sheath with leather shoulder panels that is beautifully detailed with individual flower pieces set with a black bead much in the style of paillettes.
The fashion scenes in Calgary and the rest of Canada may be evolving at a snail’s pace as the mass slowly absorbs fashion culture, but with major talents like Caitlin Power emerging, it is worth anticipating and nurturing the development of Canada’s fashion industry.
Caitlin Power will also be featured at PARKLUXE, a fund-raising initiative by PARK.